Inside the Vault presents Terry Dunn, quality assurance tester.
What’s your job at Bethesda?
I am a quality assurance tester, which basically means I get to play games for a living. While it may sound like a glorified position to some, it actually requires persistence, conviction, and thoroughness. It’s my job to track down issues in our games, find a way to reproduce it if possible, and then write a report up for it and submit it to the developers for review. When fixes come in, I double check it to make sure the problem has been resolved.
Be sure to check out the ninth Penny Arcade Fallout comic — now up on the Fallout 3 Official Site. This week our friend recounts the horrors of Vault 77. Could anything be worse than being stuck in a vault full of puppets???
Briosafreak, creator of Fallout 3: A Post Nuclear Blog, let me know that a new fansite, Planet Fallout, has launched on the IGN Network. Kudos to Teddy Pierson (Editorial Manager), Briosafreak (Site Director), and the rest of the Planet Fallout team, who have already made the site a great place for finding information and discussing all things Fallout. With Fallout 3 launching in October, there’s plenty of cool stuff on the horizon — including game guides, detailed maps and quest guides.
Like Planet Elder Scrolls, it’s a community-driven fansite — so feel free to contact the guys working on the site to express your interest in helping. They’ve already got a great group working on the site, but they’ll also be looking to YOU for ways to improve it.
Just when I thought I’d see/heard it all, someone comes along with a fan tribute that blows my mind. In this latest instance, Elder Scrolls’ fan Chris McFadden sent me this rap he put together in honor of Gray Fox — a fan favorite of any Thieves Guild member.
Check out Chris’ tribute below, and get the lyrics here.
In what’s become a tradition here at the office, the development team holds a speed run competition near the launch time. With Fallout 3 readying for release in October, the Fallout 3 Speed Run final was held on Friday, September 5th. To the winner: a pie of their choosing.
This week we’re letting you know what we’re watching, since it’s a good time to be watching the tube. Summer is nearly over, Fall TV is coming back, football is on, and well, there’s this show called Hole in the Wall. I watched it last night, and all I can say is…wow.
Let us know what you’re watching on TV these days. Have a great weekend.
Fred Zeleny, Designer/Writer: Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and the Steelers on Sunday.
Erik J. Caponi: I’m watching the stupid “acquiring channels” spinning wheel on my Tivo while I wait for the cable company to come fix it.
Ruben Brown , QA Certification Lead: Remainder of Heroes 2, Righteous Kill, Football on Sunday.
Just a head’s up, we’ve received word from the folks at Amazon that the Fallout 3 Survival Edition for PlayStation 3 has sold out. So if you’re looking for it on their site, now you know why it’s not there. For those wanting to order the Survival Edition on Xbox 360 or Games for Windows, we’re told these are expected to sell out soon as well.
If you missed it, the Survival Edition includes:
Fallout 3 (yes, it has the game)
A life-size replica of the Pip-Boy 3000, the wrist-mounted device worn by characters in the game.
Vault Boy Bobblehead: Your very own Vault Boy collector’s item is direct from Vault-Tec.
The Art of Fallout 3: Features nearly 100 pages of never-before seen concept art and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists.
The Making of Fallout 3 DVD: An exclusive, inside look at Bethesda Game Studios and the team behind the game.
Vault-Tec Lunch Box: A fully customized metal lunch box.
Again, the Survival Edition of the game is exclusive to Amazon.com and only availabe to US residents.
Recently I received an email from a fan named Maurice Moynihan regarding a new art exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. He mentioned to me that he couldn’t help but think of the game we’re working on when he saw images from the exhibit, entitled Modern Ruin. The picture above definitely looks like it could be somewhere in the Capital Wasteland.
For more details on the expo, which runs through October 12, visit here.
Thought you guys would like to know that ZeniMax Online Studios launched their new website today. Check it out to learn more about the company — including current job listings and a greeting from Matt Firor, the company president.
Here’s a few notable mentions I’ve seen in the press recently.
If you live in Germany, you’ll want to check out GameStar’s August cover story for Fallout 3. The issue is currently on newsstands and features five pages of coverage — written by Christian Schmidt. You can also read his preview on GameStar’s website here.